Asian Leaders to Attend the 21st World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok (28/05/2012)
Mr. Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of Indonesia, will visit Thailand for the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok. The two leaders are among more than 450 government leaders, business executives, scholars, and members of the media around the world who will gather in the Kingdom for the meeting.

The World Economic Forum on East Asia will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok from 30 May to 1 June 2012, with the theme “Shaping the Region’s Future through Connectivity.” As the host country, Thailand believes that the forum, the 21st of its kind, will help promote investors’ confidence in the Thai economic and political situation.

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong will arrive in Thailand on May 31 and depart on June 3. It will be his first official visit to Thailand after assuming the office. During the four-day visit, the Lao leader will have an audience with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and take a study tour to the Royal Chitralada Project.

President H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono , meanwhile, will meet Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to discuss bilateral cooperation, particularly on fishery, halal food, tourism, energy, as well as preparations for the establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015.

On this occasion, the two leaders will witness the signing of two memorandums of understanding, one on fishery cooperation and the other on visa exemption for government officials of both countries.

In related development, Mr. Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance said in a joint press conference with Mr. Sushant Rao, Head of Asia of the World Economic Forum, that Thailand is honored to host the 21st World Economic Forum on East Asia and the Thai government has attached great importance to ensuring the success of this event.

He said that on May 30, as a prelude to the meeting, private sessions will be organized on five key potential sectors, namely tourism, agriculture, ICT, food security, energy, and health. On this occasion, Prime Minister Yingluck and other dignitaries will share their perspectives on the new challenges and opportunities of shaping East Asia's future through connectivity at the opening ceremony on May 31. Prime Minister Yingluck will also host the opening reception and gala dinner on the same day in honor of the participants in the forum.

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